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PHI Taking a Lead in West African Forum on Good Practices in Health

October 25, 2016

PHI program representatives will be joining government, UN and civil society leaders at the 2nd ECOWAS Forum on Good Practices in Health and the Preconference on Adolescent Health, held from October 25-28 in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. This year’s Forum theme is particularly relevant to PHI’s global health programs: “Promoting Innovations in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health-related SDGs”.  This Forum is organized by the West African Health Organization (WAHO), with the support of WHO, USAID, KFW and the IBP Initiative.  The Preconference on Adolescent Health was spearheaded by the IBP Initiative’s Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) Task Team.

As current Chair of the IBP Initiative and AYSRH Task Team member, PHI helped organize the Preconference, which will include PHI Program representatives as speakers and facilitators including: Theresa Effa, Nigeria Country Representative for the Champions for Change (C4C) initiative and Kula V. Fofana, Liberian youth graduate of the Let Girls Lead initiative and current Assistant Minister of Youth Development in Liberia.

In addition to their roles in the Preconference, they will actively represent PHI programs throughout the Forum, including through a poster presentation about the C4C Initiative in Nigeria, at the Forum Marketplace stand presenting outcomes of the Preconference and the IBP Initiative stand, helping represent PHI in our role as Chair.  PHI’s GOJoven International will also be featured on a plenary panel addressing the Forum sub-theme “Human Resources in Health”.

The PHI representatives will bring their proven expertise in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), uplift PHI programmatic efforts in the West Africa region, and contribute to building new partnerships for PHI.  They will return to Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria with a shared understanding of the nature and scale of select public health priorities in West Africa, evidence-based approaches to address them and strategies for scaling up these approaches in order to strengthen country responses to RMNCAH challenges faced across the region.